Tommy Thompson (soccer)

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Tommy Thompson
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Thompson with San Jose in 2015
Personal information
Full nameThomas Thompson [1]
Date of birth (1995-08-15) August 15, 1995 (age 25)
Place of birth Hinsdale, Illinois, United States
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Midfielder, right back
Club information
Current team
San Jose Earthquakes
Number 22
Youth career
2012–2013 San Jose Earthquakes
College career
2013 Indiana Hoosiers 16 (5)
Senior career*
2014– San Jose Earthquakes 143 (4)
2014–2016Sacramento Republic (loan) 19 (4)
2018Reno 1868 (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2014–2015 United States U20 21 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of December 4, 2020

Thomas Palmer Thompson (born August 15, 1995) is an American soccer player for the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer.



Thompson played one year of college soccer at Indiana University where he scored five goals and one assist in 12 matches and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2013, [2] [3] before signing a Homegrown Player contract with San Jose Earthquakes on March 14, 2014. [4]

Thompson made his professional debut on June 7, 2014 as an 89th-minute substitute in a 0–1 loss to Toronto FC. [5]

On June 26, 2014, Thompson signed on loan with San Jose's USL Pro affiliate club Sacramento Republic FC. [6]

Thompson recorded his first MLS assist in a 1–1 draw against Orlando City SC on May 17, 2017, coming off the bench in the 82nd minute to assist Chris Wondolowski's game-tying goal in the 83rd minute. [7]

He scored his first MLS goal on July 4, 2017, in the 2nd minute of a 4–2 loss to Atlanta United FC at Bobby Dodd Stadium. [8] Thompson's first goal came after making 64 MLS appearances over four years and logging 2,633 league minutes. [9] On August 7, he was named to the MLS Team of the Week after recording his third assist of the season in the Earthquakes' 2–1 victory over Columbus Crew SC on August 5. [10] He was announced as a nominee for the MLS Humanitarian of the Year Award on October 14, 2017. [11] On October 22 he received San Jose's club award for Humanitarian of the Year after leading a number of youth clinics in the area and for actively aiding relief efforts in the wake of the 2017 California floods. [12]


Tommy's older brother is fellow soccer player Tanner, who played for Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League. [13] His father is former-United States soccer player Gregg Thompson. [14]


As of December 4, 2020
ClubSeasonLeagueCup [lower-alpha 1] League Cup [lower-alpha 2] Total
Sacramento (loan) 2014 USL 60000060
2015 21000021
2016 1130000113
San Jose 2014 MLS 1300000130
2015 1702000190
2016 1701000180
2017 3214010371
2018 1401000150
2019 3022000322
2020 2010010211
Career totals1628100201748
  1. Includes appearances in U.S. Open Cup
  2. Includes appearances in MLS Cup Playoffs

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  6. FC, Republic (June 26, 2014). "We'd like to welcome #Sacramento local @tomthom11 to the club! Thompson, who is on loan from @SJEarthquakes, is a @granitebayhigh alumn".
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